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A Clear and Present Word: The Clarity of Scripture (New Studies in Biblical Theology #21)

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By almost any measure, a bold and confident use of the Bible is a hallmark of Christianity. Underlying such use are a number of assumptions about the origin, nature and form of the biblical literature, concerning its authority, diversity and message. However, a lack of confidence in the clarity or perspicuity of Scripture is apparent in Western Christianity. Despite ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published August 21st 2006 by InterVarsity Press
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Bob O'bannon
Jul 13, 2015 Bob O'bannon rated it it was amazing
For a long time I have been convinced that one of the main reasons for the differences among Christians regarding controversial ethical issues has to do with our understanding of the nature of Scripture, most particularly its clarity. Many people hide behind the alleged obscurity of Scripture to come up with all kinds of novel interpretations in order to keep up with the changing trends in our culture.


Thompson persuasively remakes the Reformers' case that Scripture is clear -- that is, that "Go
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Douglas Fyfe
Oct 03, 2016 Douglas Fyfe rated it it was amazing
Mark has managed to pull off a book that is thoroughly clear and thoughtfully argued, yet at the same time is of a very high standard and engages with others of today and the past. This comes in part from the book's original form as the Moore College Lectures (2005), but their expansion to book chapters makes for a truly engaging read. Eminently quotable and a good starting point for discussions on the clarity of Scripture.
Ben Andrews
Feb 07, 2013 Ben Andrews rated it really liked it
There are no surprises in this book. Written by a scholar whose dissertation was on Martin Luther's view of the Scriptures and published in a series edited by the renowned Reformed theologian D.A. Carson, this book presents exactly what you would expect: a well-articulated, scholarly account of the Protestant (esp. Reformed) doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture. Operating from primarily a theological orientation (as opposed to a philosophical or hermeneutical framework), Thompson lays out a ...more
Peter Mead
Jul 26, 2014 Peter Mead rated it really liked it
This is an important subject – the often neglected sibling of Authority. An important subject and a decent book worth a read, let me give you the final two lines: “A confession of the clarity of Scripture is an aspect of faith in a generous God who is willing and able to make himself and his purposes known. God has something to say and he is very good at saying it.”
Mark Ward
Oct 26, 2016 Mark Ward rated it really liked it
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Clarity in Scripture is sometimes hard-won, but it's available.

A confession of the clarity of Scripture is an aspect of faith in a generous God who is willing and able to make himself and his purposes known. God has something to say and he is very good at saying it. (170)
Chuck Bonadies
Jan 20, 2011 Chuck Bonadies rated it really liked it
Great book on the perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture. Of special interest to me is Thompson's discussion on Erasmus versus Luther. This section gives the historical context behind some of the modern debate. May I also recommend a follow up article on the clarity of Scripture by Wayne Grudem: http://bit.ly/fbJ613.

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